Li­ving Lon­ger and Bet­ter


Excelencias Turísticas del caribe y las Américas - - Longevidad Y Salud -

The world is experiencing a ge­ria­tri­za­tion pro­cess of the so­ciety. The num­ber of se­nior ci­ti­zens is gro­wing world­wi­de —mo­re than any ot­her age seg­ment. It is ge­ne­ra­ting a fast ageing of the po­pu­la­tion and as a re­sult, li­fe ex­pec­tancy in­crea­ses. Ageing with the best pos­si­ble qua­lity of li­fe seems to be one of to­day's grea­test cha­llen­ge.

Just as ex­perts sta­te, it is a cha­llen­ge that can be only fa­ce with in­for­ma­tion and spe­ci­fic pro­grams on ac­ti­ve ageing and the pro­mo­tion of a po­si­ti­ve ima­ge of se­nior ci­ti­zens by fos­te­ri­ng their ac­ti­ve ro­le. The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) de­fi­ned ac­ti­ve ageing as the pro­cess in which health op­por­tu­ni­ties, par­ti­ci­pa­tion, and sa­fety are op­ti­mi­zed with the pur­po­se of im­pro­ving the li­fe qua­lity of peo­ple as they age.

Ageing is di­rectly lin­ked to ge­ne­tics and daily rou­ti­nes. Thus, the soo­ner we ta­ke ca­re of our­sel­ves, the bet­ter li­fe qua­lity we will ha­ve and our li­fe ex­pec­tancy will be ex­ten­ded in healt­hier ways. In this re­gard, as spe­cia­lists point out, it is ne­ces­sary to de­ve­lop healthy daily rou­ti­nes, both phy­si­cally and psy­cho­lo­gi­cally.

Main­tai­ning a pro­per nu­tri­tion and doing re­gu­lar phy­si­cal exer­ci­se could im­pro­ve our qua­lity of li­fe over the years. This combination be­ne­fits the health of our heart and helps us to pre­vent a great deal of di­sea­se.

A good sign to be on a healthy diet is to try ca­lo­rie res­tric­tion and eat mo­de­ra­tely: lots of fruits and ve­ge­ta­bles, less meat, and avoid the ex­ces­si­ve con­sum­ption of al­cohol at high con­cen­tra­tions. Li­ke­wi­se, phy­si­cal ac­ti­vity should be mo­de­ra­te as the ex­ces­si­ve exer­ci­se may cau­se oxi­da­ti­ve stress. Thirty or forty mi­nu­tes of phy­si­cal ac­ti­vity are enough, ca­re­fully cho­sen ac­cor­ding to age and the spe­ci­fic phy­si­cal sha­pe of each in­di­vi­dual.

Ad­di­tio­nally, it is pa­ra­mount to con­trol our stress le­vel as it has been pro­ven its ne­ga­ti­ve ef­fect on “bad” hor­mo­ne in­crea­se —i.e. cor­ti­sol who­se re­lea­se would cer­tainly trig­ger the ageing pro­cess dra­ma­ti­cally. Ex­perts al­so ad­vi­se to gua­ran­tee the qua­lity of sleep and do it in com­ple­te dark­ness. If not, me­la­to­nin is not re­lea­sed af­fec­ting the rein­vi­go­ra­ting pro­perty of sleep. One hour be­fo­re sleep, we must avoid wat­ching any screen as this pro­cess sti­mu­la­tes the brain ac­ti­vity.

If you are 40, 50, or 60 the­se chan­ges in your daily rou­ti­ne look li­ke you are in­ves­ting for main­tain your­self ac­ti­ve and healthy th­roug­hout your who­le li­fe. Li­ving lon­ger and bet­ter is achie­ved by an­ti­ci­pa­ting fu­tu­re pro­blems.

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